Rain Barrels & Gardens
Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens are popular ways to treat and
properly manage stormwater run-off on personal property.
A rain barrel is a rainwater storage system that is connected to a downspout from a house or building. A rain barrel collects and stores rooftop runoff. A rain garden is an attractive, landscaped area typically planted with perennial native plants build in depressions which are designed to capture and filter stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces around the home, such as rooftops and driveways. Both types of water conservation help alleviate problems associated with flooding and drainage. The following documents are helpful resources about rain barrels, and rain gardens.
Wayne SWCD - Rain Barrels;
Wayne SWCD - Painting your Rain Barrel;
Southwest Florida Water Management District - Rain Barrels - A Homeowner's Guide;Many people ask where to get rain barrels. They can be purchased during our annual tree sale, you can search & buy them online, or the cheapest way is to make your own rain barrel. Our goal is water conservation! Below are a few youtube videos on how to make your own rain barrel, followed by PDF documents with suggestions as well. Good Luck!
City of Bremerton, WA - How to Make Your Own Rain Barrel;
AWARE from Mahoning SWCD - Rain Barrels & Assembly;
Design Facts - Catch the rain that would have washed away;
(documents in pdf form)
Geauga SWCD - Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners;
University of Wisconsin - Rain Gardens -A household way to improve water quality in your community;
Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries, WI - Build your own Rain Garden;
Wayne SWCD - Helpful websites for Rain Gardens and Plants;
Virginia Department of Forestry - Rain Gardens - A Technical Guide;
Great Lakes Region, (Raingardens.org) - Rain Gardens for Pro Home Landscapes;
Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities - Rain Gardens - A How to Guide;